Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

  • Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

Aftershock measuring 6.2 is third quake to hit Lombok in week

Another quake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok Island on Thursday.

It is the third big quake to hit Lombok in little over a week.

Thousands of houses have been damaged and tourists have fled.

The footage of the prayer led by Imam Arafat at the Musholla As-Syuhada Mosque was being broadcast live on Facebook on Sunday night when a magnitude 7.0 natural disaster hit the neighboring Lombok Island.

Volunteers and rescue personnel have erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on the island. Some buildings were damaged further because of this quake, ' Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), said. It did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, the agency added.

Lombok was hit by another natural disaster on Thursday, the third in a little over a week, causing panic, injuries and damage to buildings.

While the quake was centred on the island of Lombok, people in nearby Bali were also strongly affected.

He said victims can be counted several times because of the common practice of people in Indonesia using several names and noted that families of victims are entitled to financial compensation from the government when a death is confirmed.

At least 40,000 homes were destroyed on Sunday and more than 150,000 people are homeless.

Rescuers are finding some remote areas hard to reach because bridges and roads have been destroyed by the quake.

There are fears that two collapsed mosques in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.

Humanitarian groups say that they are focusing their efforts on reaching these areas which have so far been impassable because of collapsed buildings, roads and other destruction related to Sunday's quake.

They are both popular tourist destinations but are located close to the Ring of Fire which is regularly hit by earthquakes.

The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island.

One aid agency, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia, has warned that thousands of children have been left homeless, forced to sleep in open fields without warm clothing or blankets.